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Taiwan accuses Beijing of blocking Biontech Deal

Taiwan has for the first time directly accused Beijing of blocking a supply deal with Mainz-based biopharma manufacturer Biontech for Covid-19 vaccines. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen told a ruling party meeting that orders for the vaccines from AstraZeneca and Moderna had gone “smoothly”, according to a report by Reuters news agency. “As for Germany’s Biontech, we were close to finalizing the contract with the German plant, but due to China’s intervention, there has been no opportunity to finalize it so far,” the report quoted the president as saying. Accordingly, Biontech declined to comment on Tsai’s remarks. However, the company stressed that it supports a global supply of vaccine.

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